Join us at SCCA’s Virtual
Training Meeting

Chaplaincy in the Age of COVID-19

Monday, Jan. 25, 2021
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Learn from SCCA's Hospital Chaplains

SCCA’s Treasurer Ken Milhander and his former co-worker Valeri Briggs serve with teams of hospital chaplains working on the front lines of the COVID pandemic. Hear their personal experiences at two locations where they have spent the last ten months caring for personnel and COVID-19 patients.

Because of this, they witness the angst and suffering of patients, families, and staff who are losing five to seven people each day. a, As chaplains, they need to provide resilience and recovery.

Valeri and Ken work as members of the Palliative Care Team at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. This new specialty offers help for people living with a serious illness and integrates treatment to meet goals for the patient and the family’s body, mind, and spirit.

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Valeri Briggs Presents:

Learn from Valeri as she presents “Off-Kilter.” The year 2021 brings hope of a new day with new possibilities toward a new path. Yet, the challenges of 2020 are still present and very much central to our everyday.

Last year was off-kilter at best. Valeri shows us how this COVID-19 pandemic forced us to adapt to a new worldview, perception, and way of being truly challenged us to our very core. She highlights her journey into a new awareness and then understanding that moving forward will require us to integrate what “is” to what “will be.”

Valeri will show us warnings about the PTSD that will be ahead for both families and personnel. Gain insight from the practical ideas she provides for chaplains to employ at an emotional level as you serve this coming year.

Ken Milhander Presents:

Find out from Ken how the families face life-changing choices and, at times, having to make end-of-life decisions for their loved ones. Understand the uniqueness of this moment as he tells how, as chaplains, we must move beyond mere “ministry of presence.”

Listen as Ken describes the compounded grief households experience and ways we have been affected by the pandemic on so many levels. 

Equip yourself with new tools for your own chaplain’s toolbox—ideas and concrete steps we can take to help ourselves and those we serve.

Bio: Valeri Briggs

Valeri has worked nearly 20 years as a clinically trained hospital chaplain. Her vocation has taken her many places: Texas, Colorado, Alaska and then to California. Valeri is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a nationally board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. Valeri also has expertise in palliative care, bio-ethics and family systems theory.


Ms. Briggs is currently the Manager of Spiritual Care at Dignity Health in the Sacramento area. Valeri’s many presentations and training includes topics such as Trauma and Resilience in the time of COVID, The Courage to be a Chaplain, Chaplaincy at the Interdisciplinary Table, along with articles written for and published by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network in New York City.


Valeri is passionate about advocating for and empowering patients regarding autonomy and informed consent for medical treatment. Valeri is also passionate in providing support and encouragement through palliative care while facilitating goal directed conversations that lift up the voice of the patient.

Bio: Rabbi Kenneth Milhander

Rabbi Kenneth Milhander is the staff and palliative care team chaplain at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Anaheim, a volunteer chaplain for Placentia and Fullerton police departments, and an auxiliary chaplain for Orange County Fire Authority. 

Rabbi Milhander served congregations in Fullerton, Camarillo, Santa Maria, and Ohio, and is the current spiritual leader of Congregation Shalom Bayit in Banning. Rabbi Milhander is the former president of the Fullerton Interfaith Ministerial Association and current Treasurer of SCCA. 

Rabbi Milhander holds a BA from UCLA, two master’s degrees, and Rabbinic Ordination.  In May 2020, Rabbi Milhander was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion to recognize 25 years of dedicated service to the community. 

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